My idea for this blog stemmed primarily from my boyfriend (let’s call him W), but there was another factor that led to this creative endeavor. I am currently taking a course on cinema. The course is called cinema of liberation. I’ve seen one film in the class so far and that’s “In the Name of the Father”.
Recently, we started on our second film, a Clint Eastwood film, Unforgiven. Now I’ve never actually watched a film Clint Eastwood was in, although I’ve most likely watched one he’s directed. But in the first hour or so of this film, I found it interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. So I felt the need to text W and question him on why he had never shown it to me before. Now of course he became defensive because he’s definitely mentioned watching Eastwood movies before but he said I always said no, which is true. I guess I carry around this notion that all Eastwood films are about cowboys and that’s just not what I’m in to.
Watching Unforgiven encouraged me to try another Clint Eastwood movie so W suggested Dirty Harry. Having finished watching it I have mixed feelings. There was a decent, suspenseful plot in which Eastwood played a cop tracking a serial killer. The movie was made in 1971 and it was easy to tell given how young Eastwood looked. (Let me tell you he wasn’t bad looking back in the day!)
There was a lot of female nudity in this movie which didn’t really do anything for the plot but I guess becuase it was a typical guy movie so I should have expected it. I learned from this movie that there is more to Clint Eastwood than cowboys and I shouldn’t be prejudice against him until I’ve actually watched something he’s in. I finally discovered where the quote, “Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk”, came from! I haven’t finished Unforgiven yet but when I do I’ll be sure to give a more complete analysis of it.
Action: 8 Plot: 7 Overall: 7.5